Midday Music Thursday 9/17/08

A new occasional segment of Midday Music launches today: Opera Chat. Hear me and Renee Wilson-Wicker in conversation about opera and operas, in connection with the Metropolitan Opera's high-definition live broadcasts to theaters around the country - big-screen, real-time digital audio and video straight from the Met in New York.

The new season of those starts Monday, September 22 with a gala featuring soprano Renee Fleming in scenes from Verdi's La Traviata and more. In a new partnership, GPB Radio and Education and GMEA (the Georgia Music Educators' Association), we'll be offering tickets to music teacher/music student pairs to see the Met HD simulcasts at several theaters around Georgia.

For details, read about GPB's Metropolitan Opera Project, and listen shortly after noon for the first Opera Chat. My co-chatter, Renee Wilson-Wicker, is GMEA's choral chair and - by day - a public school chorus director in Gwinnett County.

(Week's almost over. Got plans? How about the Silk Road Ensemble tonight in Augusta, or the Macon Symphony on Saturday, or the Daedalus Quartet at Spivey Hall? Classical Calendar.)

11 AM

  • Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina, Prelude (Dawn on the Moscow River). Cincinnati Sym, Jarvi. Telarc 80705.
  • Franck: Symphony in D minor. Orchestre des Champs Elysees, Herreweghe. Harmonia Mundi 901771.
  • Wolf: Intermezzo in E-flat. Leipzig String Quartet.
12 N
  • Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro, Overture. Concerto Koln, Jacobs. Harmonia Mundi 901818.20.
  • Verdi: La Traviata, Prelude to Act 1. Cincinnati Pops, Kunzel. Telarc 80364.
  • Opera Chat with Ren
  • Massenet: "Adieu, notre petit table" from Manon. Renee Fleming. Decca 289 467 049.
  • Massenet: Manon. Excerpt. Renee Fleming.
  • Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major. John O'Conor, London Sym, Delfs. Telarc 80704.
  • Faure: Requiem: Pie Jesu. Branford Marsalis, Orpheus Chamber Orch. Sony 89251.
1 PM
  • Sibelius: Finlandia. Scottish National Orch, Gibson. Chandos 241-19.
  • Sibelius: "Intimate Voices" String Quartet. Daedalus Quartet. Bridge 9202.
  • Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela. Helsinki Phil, Segerstam. Ondie 862.